Vicars ride roller-coasters for 'Extreme Vicar' title

275x250.jpg A group of thrill-seeking vicars have braved a series of theme park rides at Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, as they competed for the title of Extreme Vicar'.

The dare-devil clergy were auditioning to conduct a special service at the theme parks on Easter Sunday and had to prove they were up to the challenge.

Because the special service will be hosted both on the ground and whilst hurtling around at extreme speeds, the vicars were asked to try reading from the bible as they 'enjoyed' the rides.

A spokesperson for Alton Towers said they were judged on their willingness to hold an alternative service, experience of varied working environments and… their ability to hold mass at 50mph. Quite a test of faith.
275x250.jpg Revd Chris White, Methodist Minister, Royston, Herts, said: "I wholeheartedly support this creative and adventurous proposal of worship at Thorpe Park and Alton Towers.

"Young people are searching for meaning in life and are disillusioned with what they see in the established churches and this alternative would definitely appeal to them."

Katherine Duckworth, of Alton Towers, commented: "With church attendance in decline and thousands of families set to make the most of the Easter bank holiday, it seemed obvious to bring a celebration of the religious festival to the UK’s two biggest theme parks.  

"By having a vicar conduct an Easter service in both locations, we hope to bring the true meaning of the Christian holiday to the services in what’s thought to be a world first dual mass."

The two winning vicars will be announced on Wednesday 20th April.

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